Apple has launched he iTunes Store in Brazil ( with a selection of Brazilian and international music from all the major labels and thousands of independent labels.

Launching with a catalog of over 20 million songs, the iTunes Store in Brazil features local artists including Ivete Sangalo, Marisa Monte and the digital debut of Roberto Carlos’ catalog, available to purchase and download along with a range of international artists including the Beatles, Rihanna, Coldplay and thousands more.
Most songs are priced at US$0.99 and most albums at $9.99.

The iTunes Store in Brazil offers over a thousand movies to rent or purchase, with many in HD (well, 720p), from studios including 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Pictures, The Walt Disney Studios and Warner Bros. Pictures. The iTunes Store in Brazil now joins the Apple App Store, which offers more than 500,000 apps to consumers in 123 countries.

Apple is also bringing the iTunes Store to 15 additional Latin American countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela.

The iTunes Store in Brazil and Latin America offer music from major labels EMI Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music, and thousands of independent labels. All music on iTunes® comes in iTunes Plus, Apple’s DRM-free format with 256 kbps AAC encoding.

iTunes in the Cloud lets you download your previously purchased iTunes music to all your iOS devices at no additional cost, and new music purchases can be downloaded automatically to all your devices. In addition, music not purchased from iTunes can gain the same benefits by using iTunes Match, a new service that upgrades your music to iTunes Plus when matched to the over 20 million songs in the iTunes Store catalog. iTunes in the Cloud is available today for free in Brazil and Latin America and iTunes Match is available today for a $24.99 annual fee in Brazil.

iTunes 10.5.1 for Mac and Windows includes the iTunes Store and is available as a free download ( iTunes Store purchases require a valid credit card with a billing address in country.

— Dennis Sellers